This sense of family pride transfers to employees.
The entire staff offers quick, professional service. The authentic Italian food is served with a touch of Southern California as you can dine on an open-air patio, served by the beautiful Sonny’s Girls. Chef Tom Olsen has been a mainstay on the lunch shift for many years now and is proud of the compliments the restaurant receives from the public and food critics alike. Elmer Dills, food critic for KABC television in Los Angeles, gives Sonny’s rave reviews.
The family is heavily involved in the community.
Sonny’s sponsors fundraising dinners and donates to most charities in town. It is their way of saying thanks and giving back to the community. Check out the online menu, then stop in and see what everyone’s talking about.
The History: La Famiglia
Mama and Ernest Genovese opened their first restaurant on Hollywood Blvd in 1947. All of their children worked in the restaurant, and after 25 years at that location, they decided to move to San Clemente where they had always come to vacation. So along with their children, they opened Ernesto’s Italian Villa, where they served family specialties for over 20 years.
Soon after, the children decided to venture out on their own and Sonny opened his now famous Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta, where he and his daughter Julie have been serving his family’s authentic Italian food for 30 years.